‘Prince of Pot’ accepts 5-year jail term

SEATTLE, May 25 (UPI) — Canadian Marc Emery has pleaded guilty to charges of selling millions of pot seeds to clients including marijuana legalization advocates, authorities said.

Emery, 52, pleaded guilty Monday to one count of conspiracy to manufacture marijuana and will be sentenced Aug. 27, Seattlepi.com reported. The offenses carry a minimum 5-year jail term, the report said.

Emery was indicted in 2005 but was able to fight extradition to the United States until recently. He arrived Thursday in U.S. District Court in Seattle ahead of the plea hearing Monday.

“Hundreds of thousands of dollars of Emery’s illicit profits are known to have been channeled to marijuana legalization groups active in the United States and Canada,” former Drug Enforcement Administration head Karen Tandy said at the time of the indictment. “Drug legalization lobbyists now have one less pot of money to rely on.”

Tandy led the DEA from 2003 to 2007.

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